ConGen Lagos’ Claire A. Pierangelo to be U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and to Comoros

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On June 24, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Claire A. Pierangelo to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and to Comoros. The WH released the following brief bio:

Claire A. Pierangelo, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Madagascar and to the Union of the Comoros

Claire A. Pierangelo, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos Nigeria. Previously, Pierangelo was an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University and prior to that, the Director of the Office of Performance Evaluation in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources. Earlier, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam in addition to other positions, including multiple assignments in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in the State Department and service as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General, Surabaya, Indonesia. Pierangelo earned an M.S. degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, an M.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She speaks Italian, Indonesian, Vietnamese and French.

If confirmed, Ms. Pierangelo would succeed Ambassador Michael Pelletier who served at the US Embassy in Antananarivo from March 2019 – June 2021. Madagascar is one of those countries where the ambassadorial appointees were mostly career diplomats; an 11 career/4 noncareer split since 1960.